Back to School Fun with Jennie Maizels

Back to School Fun with Jennie Maizels

Back to School fun with Jennie Maizels and Kate Petty

Learning can be fun, especially if you are lucky enough to own a copy of The Terrific Times Table Book or The Great Grammar Book by Jennie Maizels and Kate Petty.  Both books are instantly appealing to children with their brightly coloured covers, but the real magic happens when you open the books.

Beautiful illustrations in The Terrific Times Table Book by Jennie Maizels

Each page is totally unique with beautiful illustrations which are fascinating but that isn’t all.  Each page it also totally interactive with flaps to lift, tabs to pull and wheels to turn and each time you look at a page, you will spot something new and some of the pages are pop-up for extra fun. Perfect for little minds that are always on the go.

My daughter is six and just about to start Year 2, so both of the books fit in with her learning now and will continue to be relevant for the next few years, making them a perfect addition to her bookshelf.  She already loves them and we have been looking at them at bedtime over the last few weeks.

The Great Grammar Book

The Great Grammar book breaks down grammar basics into manageable chunks and it is so well-thought out, it makes learning fun and easy.

The Great Grammar Book 1Read a story to learn about nouns, take a trip to the beach with some verbs, make weird and wonderful creatures using adjectives and take a look in the mirror to find out about pronouns. These are just a few of the wonderful ways that this book teaches you about grammar.

The Great Grammar Book by Jennie Maizels Punctuation

My favourite page is all about prepositions and it is a pop-up page where you take Pipsqueak the dog for a walk to learn all about prepositions.  It is such a genius way of teaching prepositions.

Learning Prepositions in The Great Grammar Book

The Terrific Times Tables Book

Starting from zero and going up to 12, The Terrific Times Tables Book is the perfect companion for a child learning their times tables.  Each page gives you hints and tips to help you learn that times table and each is represented in a colourful and different away.

The Terrific Times Table Book

My daughter absolutely loves this book.  She is just embarking on her times tables journey and even though she is only learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables at the moment, it was really good to start looking at the other tables as well.  There are some really useful tips to help learn your times tables such as using your fingers to learn the 9s which was a new one on me but such a clever idea.

The Terrific Times Tables 9s

Similar to The Great Grammar Book, The Terrific Times Table book is totally interactive with something totally different on each page.

My daughter absolutely loves these books. I do too.  The thought and detail that has gone into creating the books is amazing and it makes reading them a real adventure.  As a parent, I think that anything that makes learning fun is always a bonus and I know that these books will be read and dipped into a lot over the next few years.

Enjoying The Terrific Times Tables Book

These two books were sent for the purpose of the review.  All images and opinions are our own. 







  1. August 16, 2016 / 9:38 am

    What fantastic books! Such a great way to encourage learning, they look so much fun.

  2. August 16, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Those books look really fun! Might look into the Maths book since I think my daughter needs more inspiration when it comes to numbers 😉

  3. August 16, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    These look fab my little is only three but definitely something to keep in mind for later!

  4. August 16, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    That look like a wonderful book and learning resource x

  5. August 16, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I LOVE Jennie and all her work. We have all her books (yes even the original grammar book). Mini is a BIG fan of her London stuff.

  6. August 16, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    These are some of the most beautiful books I have ever seen but the best thing is that the books are educational as well!

  7. August 17, 2016 / 9:44 am

    These look great – Isaac always surprises me with his grammatical knowledge. He is busy learning his tables so I think this book would really help

  8. August 17, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    I actually think I need these, we never did either at school!

  9. August 18, 2016 / 9:20 am

    This is a great way to learn. I remember how hard it was in school to learn all the grammar. These books it make it so much easy and fun!

  10. August 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    What a fab idea! Always good to find new ways that are fun to learn x

  11. August 18, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Cool reading stuffs here. I would like to get some for my little one as well. She would love it.

  12. August 18, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    What a great idea for books! We haven’t seen these before but I will look them up, she would love them!

    • Nikki Thomas
      August 21, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      All of the Jennie Maizels books are gorgeous, I want them all

  13. August 18, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    These books look great. My eldest has just turned 6 so would be perfect for him. Thanks for a great post x

    • Nikki Thomas
      August 21, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Those features do make them really appealing for children

  14. August 21, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Oh these look brilliant…gotta keep it fun!

    • Nikki Thomas
      August 21, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      They are the loveliest books, really fun

  15. August 25, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    These look fantastic, Spud use to struggle with his timetable but has got a lot better, although not quite there yet, his school sent home a massive folder of work for him to get through over the summer holidays and he’s not touched one bit due to me not allowing him too, school stresses him out and I hate his schools way of learning so I think I’m going to get this book (the timetables one) and send it to school with him! As for grammar, he’s quite good at that however we can never stop learning x

  16. August 25, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    These look amazing. I adore Jenny Maizel books and these look like they won’t disappoint anyone. I feel a new purchase coming on!

  17. August 28, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Oh they look fabulous! I’m absolutely useless with both of those things so maybe I should get the books for me 😉

  18. Katie skeoch
    October 28, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    I love these books, we have the weather world book & my boys love it!

  19. Tracy Nixon
    October 28, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    These books look great! Love the flaps and structures! Makes learning maths and grammar so much more fun and interactive!

  20. Paul Halling
    October 29, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    English language has more and more emphasis put on it these days and these are great ways to help

  21. Melissa Crowe
    October 29, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    very good for children to help them

  22. Kim Neville
    October 30, 2016 / 7:53 am

    These books will certainly make learning more interesting and perfect for my son who is in year 2 and punctuation and times tables are what they are particularly learning at the moment

  23. Lynn Heath
    October 30, 2016 / 8:20 am

    I think my son would benefit a lot from these books, especially the punctuality book as he starts to extend his writinh

  24. Deborah Clarke
    October 30, 2016 / 9:17 am

    These look fabulous.

  25. claire woods
    October 30, 2016 / 9:36 am

    These look great at making learning fun.

  26. aj templeman
    October 30, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    these books look fab

  27. October 31, 2016 / 8:11 am

    These books look really fantastic, so educational, colourful and fun!!

  28. Jo hutchinson
    November 1, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Great looking books

  29. Hester McQueen
    November 3, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Both these books are perfect – love how interactive they are – lots of fun but learning at the same time.

  30. November 6, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    These books look great and make learning fun.
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    November 8, 2016 / 2:33 am

    grandson will love

  32. Louise Crocker
    November 8, 2016 / 10:05 am

    These books look fun, they look like they could turn any nervous maths student.

  33. Rebecca mercer
    November 8, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    These look great really fun and colourful

  34. Kate Davies
    November 9, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    These are fantastic books, I had terrific times table when I was younger and it really helped with my maths.

  35. Susan B
    November 15, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the intro to Jennie Maizels and her outstanding work.

  36. amy bondoc
    November 15, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    these look really good, i always feel that if you make learning fun the kids are more likely to remember!

  37. Sheri Darby
    November 15, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    These books look really fun and at the same time educational. Great

    November 15, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    These books look great fun.

  39. Andrea
    November 16, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    These books look totally amazing, thank you for sharing them!

  40. paula cheadle
    November 17, 2016 / 1:05 am

    fab book’s will help the kids

  41. Hayley Todd
    November 17, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    These fabulous books look so great! They manage the perfect mixture of education with lots of fun!

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